Ahead of the release of Spectre this past weekend, the lovely black actresses that have been Bond girls over the years all shared a stage to celebrate the black women of Bond. Halle Berry, Naomie Harris, Trina Parks and Gloria Hendry were brought together at the California African American Museum, where they recounted what there contributions meant to such a lauded and long-lived franchise.
According to Variety, Gloria Hendry was Bond’s first black love interest when she appeared in the 1983 film, Live and Let Die.
Hendry, who appeared in 1983’s “Live and Let Die,” became Bond’s first African-American love interest. Little known fact: Hendry’s love scenes with then-Bond Roger Moore were cut when the film was initially released in South Africa because it was prohibited by the apartheid government. At the time, her romantic role with Moore was a feat that she never imagined.
“When I was asked to do this movie, I said, ‘I’m not tall, I’m not blue-eyed, I’m not busty and I’m not white. What do they want me for?’” she remembered. “A week later I was cast for it.”
While I’m loving Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, but I certainly hope this doesn’t mean we’re only going to be seeing her stuck behind a desk and away from the action. I also hope that there won’t continue to be such large gaps between the films being cast with black women and other women of color in major roles.
It’s 2015. With all the talk of Idris Elba possibly taking up the mantle of James Bond when Daniel Craig finishes his run as the suave spy, I’d think they can do a little better when it comes to hiring actresses of color. Here’s hoping.
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